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“I am feeling confident on the back of a few goals and assists,” Young said Saturday. “There has been a lot talked about what I have to do in that role just off the striker. A lot of emphasis has been put on me. I thrive on the pressure.”
And he thrives in that central role.
“It is an opportunity to run at defenders,” he said. “That is what I am there to do. There is no better feeling when I do that.”
Young has started in both of England’s matches under coach Roy Hodgson, which were 1-0 victories. Liverpool striker Andy Carroll started against Norway, while Welbeck played in front of Young against Belgium.
“You could tell from our team shape in the first couple of games organization is going to be key,” Young said.
“Ashley Young has got in good positions, as we wanted him to do,” Hodgson said. “We feel that, like with Wayne Rooney, Ashley is at his best when he gets behind the midfield and in front of the back players.
Young has prospered on the field in the two years since failing to make the 2010 World Cup squad, securing a move from Aston Villa to United a year ago.
“He’s tricky and finds himself in good areas and can nick a goal,” said England midfielder Stewart Downing, a former Villa teammate. “So I think you can see in the two games he’s played what his attributes are _ he can find a pass, score a goal and maybe now we have another player to play in that role as well as Rooney.”
Young has played a part in more than half of England’s last 20 goals.
“You can see with the run of games he’s had and scoring a few goals that his confidence has grown,” Downing said.
England flies on Sunday to the Ukrainian city of Donetsk to open its Euro 2012 campaign the following night against France. Midfielder James Milner and defender Martin Kelly were the only players to miss the final training session before leaving their base in Krakow, Poland. Milner has blisters on his feet, while Kelly has a virus.
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